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On Saturday, June 16, 2018 a bike ride from Fletcher's Boathouse to the National Harbor is planned. Meet at Fletcher's Boathouse at 9:30, the ride will start around 10:00. It is 90% flat and a small roadway section through Alexandria. Once at the Harbor, we can decide on length of a break at National Harbor for exploring the sights and lunch, the restaurants and the farmers market. I'm not sure of the total distance, around 32 miles. There is long incline to the center of Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac from either direction. The views from the bump-outs on the bridge are awesome. A bit of a challenge for beginners, but can be done. They recommend a Hybrid for the gears and larger tires, because some of the joints on the bridge are hard on road bike tires and the wooden bridges also. On the Md. Side returning there is a cork screw ramp to the rest area over 495. From the Bridge to the Harbor is a short crushed grave path.
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Directions to Fletcher's Boathouse:
From 495, take the Glen Echo exit onto the Clara Barton Parkway. Follow the Clara Barton Parkway until it becomes Canal Road. Continue on Canal Road until the entrance of Fletcher's at Canal and Reservoir. Fletcher's is located on the right side of the road and you will see the Abner Cloud House, an old stone building next to the canal. The entrance is a 180 degree turn and there is not enough room to maneuver. You can not access the area southbound on Canal Road. From this direction, you& will have to pass the entrance and make a U-turn. Parking is available on both sides of the canal. To reach the west side parking lot, go through the auto tunnel, which takes you under the canal.